Hey lovelies! I’m delighted to say that I am BACK. I mean, I never technically went anywhere haha but I was struggling big-time with blogging and I feel like I’m finally on top of things now. I managed to post so much more in April! Long may this continue.
I hope you all had a wonderful reading month. I ended up taking part in the O.W.L.s readathon hosted by Book Roast. I initially wasn’t sure I would be able to commit to it, hence why I didn’t make an announcement post, but I’m pleased to say I managed to tick off 9 challenge prompts!
Let’s take a look at what I read…
55 by James Delargy
This was a decent debut thriller, with an interesting setting. I was gripped from start to finish but didn’t really like the ending!
O.W.L. prompt: Charms (Age Line) – An adult work
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
A creepy, atmospheric read with fascinating characters, I enjoyed this one! I would have liked slightly more world building but the character development was excellent and I’ll be looking out for the sequel!
O.W.L prompt: Herbology – A book with a plant on the cover
Stanley and Elsie by Nicola Upson
This was a captivating historical fiction that I really enjoyed. Upson’s prose was lovely and she presented a fascinating portrait of a historical figure.
Books from my TBR
The Binding by Bridget Collins
I found this book completely enthralling and still find myself thinking about it long after finishing. The characters and story were enchanting and immersive.
O.W.L prompt: Transfiguration – A book with stained pages
When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
This was the Dragons and Tea pick for April and my first foray into McLemore’s gorgeous writing. While I did find it a little flowery, I thought it was a strong debut and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
In Bloom by C. J. Skuse
I read Sweet Pea last year and found it hilarious. After lending it to a work colleague, I decided I was in the mood to read the sequel. It was just as funny.
O.W.L prompt: Potions (Next Ingredient) – A sequel
You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
This was a deeply personal read for me and one that I found hugely emotional but rewarding. I’m so glad it exists for young people dealing with academic stress.
O.W.L prompt: Muggle Studies – A contemporary
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
This is one of those books that has been on my TBR for years and that I’ve finally read. I was a little underwhelmed on the whole and found the framing device a slightly strange choice, though I did enjoy the facts I learned about animals.
O.W.L prompt: Care of Magical Creatures – A book with a land animal on the cover
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett’s trademark wit abounds in this, the 11th instalment in the Discworld series and the second novel in the Death collection. Very enjoyable.
O.W.L. prompt: Defence Against the Dark Arts (‘Reducto’) – A book beginning with R
Here I Stand by Various
One of my twelve must-reads of the year, I found this a difficult but powerful and moving read. This anthology published by Amnesty International is an extremely worthwhile read.
O.W.L prompt: Arithmancy – A book by more than one author
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
I continued my reread of the Harry Potter series and remembered how much I love the fourth book! So much development in this sequel; I love it.
O.W.L prompt: History of Magic – A book published more than 10 years ago
NLP: A Practical Guide by Neil Shah
I read this introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming as part of my diploma course. It wasn’t the most captivating reading material but it served its purpose!
Total pages: 4298
Average pages per day: 143.3
Longest book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (636 pages)
Shortest book: NLP: A Practical Guide (201 pages)
Favourite read of the month: The Binding
Biggest disappointment of the month: Life of Pi
Male authors: 4
Female authors: 7
Multiple authors: 1
I managed to tick off 9 out of the 12 prompts for the magical readathon, meaning I achieved an Outstanding. I ticked off the following subjects:-
- Care of Magical Creatures
- Defence Against the Dark Arts
- History of Magic
- Muggle Studies
I’m really sad because I thought that I was on track for my career of choice, mind medic. I picked this career because it sounded like the magical equivalent of my real-life career as a psychologist. However, it turns out I got Ancient Runes and History of Magic mixed up so I can’t actually qualify 😦 I guess I’ll have to pursue a career as an auror or Hogwarts professor instead 😉 I’ll have my work cut out for me with the next magical readathon, the N.E.W.T.s, but I’m looking forward to the challenge!
How many books did you read in April? Did you take part in the O.W.L.s readathon? What wizarding career are you going for?! Let me know in the comments! x